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Two-year term for ex-officer in tip-off Rickie Durham made a call that alerted “Ace Capone” to a drug raid

Rejecting the prosecution’s primary arguments in the obstruction-of-justice case against former Philadelphia police officer Rickie Durham, a federal judge Monday sentenced him to 24 months in prison, well below the minimum 15-year sentence authorities had sought. U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Savage said Durham’s actions were “reckless” and “exposed fellow officers to great risk,” but […]

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Report: School Cops Beat Student for Being Late

A star football player for Frankford High was allegedly chased down, held down and beaten by truancy officers officer when he showed up late for classes one morning, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. Jeffione Thomas was hospitalized with cuts, bruises and broken blood vessels on his face and missed three games after the alleged […]

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Lawyer Cleared In Parking Lot Death

It was a mystifying pedestrian death – one that initially confused police investigators, triggered a seven-month grand jury probe, and left little decisive evidence behind. In the end, that evidence was not enough to convict lawyer Richard Patton of vehicular homicide in the death of his girlfriend in a Newtown Township parking lot. A Bucks […]

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Woman admits killing bigamist husband

In the months after allowing her husband to take a second wife, Myra Morton was growing more and more resentful of the arrangement. The 48-year-old Morton hit her breaking point hours before her bigamist spouse was to board a flight to Morocco to impregnate his younger bride, whom he had sent thousands of dollars. Morton […]

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Beanie Sigel back in court, asked about drugs, friends

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Cop killer's gangsta rap lyrics used against him in N.Y. court

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5 ex-guards acquitted in alleged beating

Dec. 12 “Jesus!” a grateful Kim Jones said when a jury foreman repeated the words “not guilty” yesterday in a federal courtroom.Jones, a city prison guard, was reacting to a jury's decision to acquit five of her former colleagues after a five-day trial. The former guards had been charged by the feds with beating an […]

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Nau-case witness: Revenge a motive

Fueled by PCP and cocaine, overwhelmed by anger and haunted by gruesome memories, 17-year-old Domenic Curcio shot to death his drug dealer to avenge the murder of a prostitute, Curcio's friend testified yesterday. “He said he couldn't bear or stand listening to George [Conway] anymore and knowing what he knew, that George had killed Mikalena […]

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Rapper guilty of lesser charge

Rap star Cassidy was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter yesterday for his role in a full-scale gun battle last April that killed one man and wounded two others in West Oak Lane. The 23-year-old rapper, whose real name is Barry Reese, was sentenced to 11 1/2 to 23 months in prison immediately after Common Pleas […]

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A low-key lawyer becomes the go-to guy for star rappers

High-profile Philadelphia defense attorney Fortunato Perri Jr. is low-key and universally liked – until he’s in the midst of his courtroom specialty: cross-examination. His skills in that arena have won him both victories and clients, including rapper Beanie Sigel, who rejected national-name lawyers and stuck with a neighborhood guy who grew up in the city’s […]

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